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[ale] OT: how to reset root pw on os X

Unless he explicitly setup a root account, the first user basically
_is_ the root account. Open a terminal and type `sudo su`, supplying
the admin user's password when prompted. He will then be "root".

On Tue, Sep 16, 2008 at 11:05 PM, Tim Watts <timtw at earthlink.net> wrote:
> Hi,
> I have an artist friend with a bunch of OS X machines who can't remember his
> root's password. His user account has admin privileges and so has never
> needed it.
> Does anyone know how one would do this? On SuSE I would boot off a CD, go into
> rescue mode and tinker with the shadow passwd file. Does OS X have a similar
> thing?
> His network is not set up to allow me to ssh into his systems so any
> step-by-step details anyone could provide would be most appreciated.
> Thanks.

James Sumners

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